Oct 302012
Bacteria Boy Band

Singing bacteria—a veritable Menudo made up of microorganisms—was the latest synthetic biology brainchild of USC’s International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM) team. Advised by the USC Davis School of Gerontology assistant professor Sean Curran and grad student Percy Genyk, the team consisted of USC undergrads Megan Bernstein, Rachel Kohan, Ellen Park, Stephan Genyk, Eric Siryj, [Continue Reading...]

Oct 292012
From The Netherlands to Los Angeles

From Oct. 8-12, 2012, the USC Davis School of Gerontology welcomed delegates from The School of Applied Gerontology at the Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in Zwolle, the Netherlands. For one week, Hugo van den Beld, M.A., professor Carolien Smits, Ph.D. and Annelies Harps-Timmerman, MSc, RN met with the School’s faculty, staff and students; toured [Continue Reading...]

Oct 052012
In Memoriam: David A. Peterson, Ph.D.

After a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, USC Davis School of Gerontology professor emeritus David A. Peterson died on Thursday, October 4, 2012. Peterson was an expert on lifelong learning who served as director of the USC Davis School from 1978 to 2003. He was appointed the first holder of the Edward and Rita Polusky [Continue Reading...]

Oct 052012
Starvation-Induced Cellular Defense Mechanisms Shed Light on Lifespan Research

New research by a team at the USC Davis School of Gerontology into how organisms respond to lack of nutrition could have a far-reaching impact on how we understand obesity and longevity and potentially fight chemotherapy-resistant cancer. Published in Cell Metabolism, the paper details a discovery made in the lab of Sean Curran, assistant professor [Continue Reading...]